On Friday evenings some of the best music and entertainment on the North Shore is Friday Night Live at Lynn Valley United Church in North Vancouver.
Friday Night Live (FNL) takes place at a church, and is run by the church, but it’s not a “church-y” event. It’s just great entertainment for folks of all backgrounds.
Shows in the fall of 2019 run from September 20th until December 6th.
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Friday Night Live in North Vancouver
If you live nearby or happen to be on the North Shore, then Friday Night Live is well worth checking out. The cost is usually $12 online, $15 at the door and free for children ages 12 and under. It’s a pretty good deal, especially as admission includes snacks and even pizza! Special events are $25.
The doors open at 7:30 pm, the show starts at around 8:00, or shortly thereafter, and the entertainment runs for about an hour.
For tickets and more information see the Friday Night Live website.
About Friday Night Live
In the past, Friday Night Live involved comedy improv. Since a couple of years ago, however, the show has transformed to involve more music and it has replaced the improv with a guest artist and their story.
A small band or single musician now opens the show each evening, a host sets the theme, and there’s a different artist every week. The host also interviews the artist or artists for their story – their inspiration, their motivation and their perspective.
Fridays also now begin with kitchen-party-style mingling, and the artists often stay around for a bit after the shows to visit with the audience.
Who’s Performing at Friday Night Live
Below is the schedule of shows and performers in the fall of 2019.
As you’ll see, the event takes place most (but not all) Fridays. (Note: Show dates, performers and other details are subject to change.)
September 20, 2019
- Matt Grinke’s Happiest Big Band On Earth – a 17-piece Jazz band that brings a twist to Disney classics.
September 27, 2019
- Kristina Shelden of VAMS – a singer-songwriter who sings about life with a disability and as a First Nations woman. VAMS is the Vancouver Adapted Music Society which helps artists with disabilities fulfill their dreams.
October 4, 2019
- A Band Called Yawn – a band built up of music educators and musicians who are inspired by everyday life.
October 11, 2019
- Ross Douglas – a long time entertainer and singer, Douglas brings an energetic and fun performance to the stage.
October 25, 2019
- Quayside Voices Pop. A Cappella – an a cappella group that take the top 40 hits and put their own unique twist on them.
Friday Night Live Venue Location
Friday Night Live at Lynn Valley takes place Friday evenings in Lynn Valley, a residential neighbourhood in North Vancouver.
The event’s venue is at the Lynn Valley United Church building at 3201 Mountain Highway.
Shows take place weekly, except for in December, part of January and from June until the end of August when they take a break. Performances start at 8 o’clock and usually last for about an hour or slightly more.
What to Expect
The performers at Friday Night Live are talented. Each evening has a different theme and special guest or group of performers – often a musician, sometimes a comedian and on the rare occasion even a magician. Occasionally the guest is still an improv group, like it always used to be in the past, but more often than not it’s a musician or band.
Friday Night Live offers really good family-friendly entertainment, and it’s affordable too (especially if you have children under age 13 because they are free).
The evening starts with complimentary food. There is usually pizza available as well as mixed veggies, cookies and sometimes even chocolates. There is also wine for sale at about $5 a glass. At around 8 o’clock people take their seats and the show begins.
Although sponsored by the Lynn Valley United Church, the show isn’t church-y. Surprisingly, there is little or no religious content whatsoever – just good clean talented humour, music and family fun. It’s a great event and all are welcome.
Tips and Advice
Below are some tips and suggestions to help you make the most out of your Friday Night Live experience.
TIP #1: On “Special Event” nights book your tickets in advance or arrive early as the show often sells out. Also, remember that tickets those days cost $25, whereas normally they are just $12 online and $15 at the door.
TIP #2: If you can go to one of their “Special Event” nights, go! They are especially impressive! Regular shows are great too, and good value for your money. “Special Event” nights though feature extra well-known groups and personalities who are often from out of town. They are worth the additional $10 to see (and usually quite a bit more).
TIP #3: Arrive early to get a good seat and enjoy the complimentary pizza and other snacks.
TIP #4: If you like what you see, invite your friends the next time. The more the merrier!
TIP #5: If you don’t already live on the North Shore, consider combining your evening at Friday Night Live with a visit to other places of interest in the area. In non-winter months when the sun doesn’t go down until later, nearby parks like Lynn Canyon and Lynn Headwaters can be nice to explore. Lonsdale Quay is also just a 20-minute drive away.
Click on the Friday Night Live website for show times and other information.
For more ideas on things to do, check out Vancouver’s Best Places Shows and Entertainment Calendar.